La Terrible | Unibroue

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La TerribleLa Terrible

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2002

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Photo of bboelens
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

A-Deep rich brown, with burgundy traces when lifted to the light, a fluffy tan head accompanies the pour but fades leaving optimal lacing.

S-Fruit, roast malts, a little more fruit, a sugar & spice theme running throughout the nose.

T-Not terrible at all, in fact it's downright delicious, yeast, roast malt, fig, chocolate, cherry and just a hint of alcohol.

M-Heavily carbonated with a medium body.

D-The best part about the 750mL bottle is that as soon as I'm done I can refill my snifter, a fantastic brew, goes down smooth and is dangerously drinkable with the 10.5% abv.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a gift from my boss poured into a snifter

A- I thought that this is one of the best things about this beer. Tons of fluffy white head that appears to be lighter than I expeced and the body is dark

S- Funky belgian stank on this one. I smell booze and dark fruits.

T- Pretty good. Very boozey and dark fruits hit me with hints of caramel and a chocolatey undertone.

M- This one had a little more carbonation than i wanted but was an overall good delicious beer.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas gift from Rich thanks buddy.

Poured a bit too fast and ended up with an enormous head. Took forever to go down and left clumpy lace. Dark near black but not opaque.

Very much like a true belgian strong ale one the nose. Stands out from othe unibrue lineup. Yeasty fruit esters and a bit of spice. Dessert-like.

Sweet up front and a bit heavy with a slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue La Terrible has a dark brown colour and a head that fades quickly to a good amount of lacing. The smell is of sweet yeastiness (like apple cider) and alcohol. There is some spiciness in the aroma but I can't really pick out what it is exactly. This beer tasted sweet and tangy at first: dark and fruity. The yeast is noticeable and the aftertaste is fruity and alcoholic. This beer is foamy and reasonably thick. This beer is pretty strong and full on, sip it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is strong dark fruit with some Belgian candy sugar, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate and caramel malt mixed in. The flavor is just as nice. I get a ton of dark fruit - cherries, grapes, plums - as well as roasted malt, brown sugar and caramel. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer of this alcohol amount. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of alkchrios
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ive been eying this beer for about a year now at my local brew shop and finally decided to pick one up after hearing so much about it. The beer pored a deep brown, now quite black, but very dark brown/amber color. Smoke billowed out of the top after the cork popped right off. Immediately I could smell sweet sugars with hints of alcohol...almost a bit overbearing but at 10.5 I guess thats expected. Tasting this was a bit nice. Spices like coriander slight traces of tarragon were present...a bit of licorice notes. The alcohol is rather present but not as present as it was in the nose. Its slightly earthy and very complex...spicy undertones and a sweet finish make this a very nice session beer.

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Photo of Thanby
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as tar after about a centimeter in, extremely dark mahogany around the edges. Strong foamy tan head that reduces but sticks around, leaving a little clustered lacing.

Smells mostly of a dark roast Belgian malt, smooth, a blend of dark fruit, black cherry, a little clove.

The taste is... a little odd for the style. Dark sweet malt dominates, again with the dark fruit, some tartness and unexpected acidity. The black cherry tartness hangs around after everything else fades away.

Full body, excessively carbonated to the point that it makes the flavor hard to really quantify. I tried it first at about 65F, and again at around 50F which greatly improved it but still not a good mouthfeel. Very watery finish combined with the tartness you would expect from some lambics.

Overall not bad, worth a try at least once, but the finish is not good for something as full-bodied as this. Maybe the yeast was too aggressive, producing the excessive carbonation and boosting the ABV beyond what the malt can handle.

But it sure does warm the tummy.

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Photo of wescaudle
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am relatively new at reviewing good beer. This beer is the reason I started. The smell of this beer almost reminded me of a cherry-dominated wine. There was quite a nice head upon first pour into a tulip glass. While I believe that there was a bit of heavy alcohol taste once I got a sip or two into it, overall the taste was amazing. The feeling in my mouth upon first sip is unbelievable...flowing with flavor. Furthermore, I found this beer to be exceptionally drinkable, as it did not "fill me up" as I thought it would.

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Photo of Elendinn
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Rogue chalice. The bottle itself has a very cool, ominous aesthetic that compliments the name.

Pours black with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass. Pretty standard for the style -- unfortunately, it doesn't look as ominous as the bottle.

Smells sweet and malty; rye, spice, dark fruit, brown sugar, and belgian yeast are present, as well.

Tastes of malt, rye, dark fruits (grapes, figs, cherries), brown sugar, and spice, with a yeasty, slightly-boozy finish.

Full-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Very drinkable, though the alcohol becomes slightly more noticeable as the glass progresses. A well-balanced BSDA that is neither too sweet, nor too yeasty. Pairs very well with chocolate.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enormous off white head and a deeeep deep brown body. nice lacing.

smells wonderful. sweet and slightly tart smelling at once and lightly spicy. A teensy bit of clove. very raisin like.

the flavor is a bit more muted than the smell would imply. sweet and lightly tart with a slight bitter finish. a bit off character for a belgian strong dark, but still good.

light bodied with prickly carbonation. sweet and bitter combo in the finish.

very well balanced beer. could drink a few.

yummy beer but very difficult to place. no overly defining characteristics. however still very good.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle.

Pours pitch brown/black with a bubbly tannish head. Smell is very much like a deep red wine; raisin, currant, and black cherry tones. Taste is sour and spicy, pretty sweet and complex. A bit of alcohol burn. Feel is viscous, yet effervescent. At 10.5%, drinks smoothly.

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Photo of Franz4
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- walnut color with a golden head, very thick lacing. Looked very nice and inviting.

S- smell of sour cherries and a yeasty character to it.

T- complex array of flavors, dominant is the sour cherry followed by a malty, spicy, banana, clove conglomeration that is very well balanced and tasty. ABV is well hidden

M- medium bodied with some residual carbonation, sits on the tongue nicely and finishes slightly dry

D- Very pleased with another good offering from Unibroue, could drink this all day.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chalice.

A. Poured an impressive 2 finger off white head. Very good retention. Thick lacing. Very dark brown almost black color.

S. Smell is dark fruit, raisins, figs, molasses. Yeast, rich dark malt. Smell is very much like Trois Pistoles but maybe a little more balanced and refined.

T. Taste is very good. Caramel, a little bit of molasses, a little of the grape flavor. A lot of dark fruit flavors. Drinks very smooth. The same comparison of the taste can be made to Trois Pistoles. A little bit more balanced and smooth. Very good beer.

M. Full bodied. Nice full mouthfeel. Some lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. This revies is the first time that I have had La Terrible. This might be my new favorite Unibroue beer. Very smooth while being complex. Great beer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A deep brooding dark brown color... Slight yet rich and creamy light khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a minimal lace, but adequate collar...

S - Dark fruits... Caramel... Maple syrup... Brown sugar... Spices... Bready malts... Perhaps even a bit of peat...

T - A distinct booziness upfront... Plum... Dark Cherries... Brown sugars... Cookie Dough... A bit of maple syrup... Dark bready malts... Caramel and toffee... Some spicy notes on the finish... Deep, dense, and loaded with layers of complexity...

M - Medium to full bodied... A touch of pringly carbonation... Dense and a little chalky... Sleek... Rich... Slightly warming...

D - This one definitely packs quite a punch... Good in all categories, but there isn't anything quite memorable with this one... An average offering in one of my favorite styles...

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into a Great Divide balloon glass on 11/18/10. Ate an almond crusted tilapia with it.

Gotta go with the obvious pun... La Terrible is in fact excellent. Unibroue works some magic up there in Quebec.

Pours a dark brown with a creamy head that has a brown tinge. The head is nicely creamy, but it dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves a nice film on the top of the beer and some lacing down the glass.

The smell is dominated by the Belgian spices. Sniffing deeper, I get some dark fruit and a bit of booze, but those are more muted. Definitely a quad-type beer.

The taste is complex and inviting. Sometimes the dominant taste is Belgian spice. Sometimes the alcohol comes through. Sometimes it's the dark fruits. I'm starting to think that Unibroue is lying to me and they're actually making this in Belgium.

The beer has a wonderful weight and the carbonation is fantastic. The bubbles seem small and make the fluid creamy. I'm just going to swirl this around my mouth for a while.

The drinkability is off the charts. Definitely heading into accidentally drunk territory. I gave a sip to my roommate and he was shocked when I told him it was about quad strength. I'll enjoy finishing this bottle tonight and I'll be looking forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep, dark pour with a clingy little white head. Lots of molasses and dark fruit on the nose. The beer tast better than it smells, nice layers of complexity added to the dark fruit. It has a lingering hint of dates in the finish along with some warming alcohol. Definitely a full bodied sipper, nicely carbonated, warming alcohol throughout. A fine BSDA.

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Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy and very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a creamy beige head.
S: Aromas of dark fruits stand out prominently in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and complex. It has a slight amount of sweetness with flavors of dark fruits and hints of spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is incredibly drinkable and goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thick tan foam with near-black color. Identical to chocolate syrup. It coats the entire glass in a sticky film as well, something I also noticed in Bourbon County Stout (and noted in my review of it).

Smell: Packs a ton of punch. Strong coffee malt with a hint of spicy hops. Great balance. Also some traditional dark fruit in here as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes identical to the smell. Mostly coffee and dark fruit. Lots of alcohol as well. Smooth velvety mouthfeel like chocolate as well.

Drinkability: The alcohol could make this extremely thick beer a bit harder to drink and definitely harder to drink lots of.

Overall: I sampled La Terrible a few weeks back along with Warsteiner Oktoberfest, Punkin Ale, and Namaste. So these all blend together a bit in my memory. Fortunately, the colors are each unique. Anyway, I loved this, although not as much as La Fin Du Monde, which may be one of my 2 or 3 favorite beers out there. Unibroue delivers again here pretty well.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is brown and dark with a tan head that is thin and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks good.

Aroma is classic Unibroue. Its yeasty, sweet, caramelly, and nice.

Beer is medium bodied. Its sweet and has some good fruit esters in the beer. It tastes really nice, another good Belgian style beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces about five fingers of khaki colored head. The body is almost jet black, but I can see ruby red hues at the edge of my glass, when held up to sunlight.

In the nose it is herbal/spicy and bready. There is a cola fragrance along with a hint of cotton candy as well.

The taste is matched with the herbal spiciness, and has a sweetness kind of like sassafras.

Mouth feel wise, it's not overly carbonated and smooth. There is a warm finish in the end.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Very, very dark brown, almost black, with an inch of head on it. It has receded a fair amount to about a quarter inch of head, but there are gobs of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeast and malts. It smells similar to Unibroue's other dark belgian ales.

T: Has a mild dark belgian flavor, with hints of candy sugar and a very noticeable alcohol bite. It finishes pretty clean, though.

M: Has a fairly thick mouthfeel, and the head gives it some character. You definitely know you're drinking something substantial.

D: Definitely something to be consumed slowly. Very good, but I can't pound it back. I would drink it SLOWLY until I fell off my chair. Great.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, closer to black with a light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: raisin, fig, black cherry and dark fruit dominate. Belgian yeast is heavy in the smell. Sweet, but spicy.

T: If this wasn't beer i'd have thought it was wine. Not really, but almost. Figs, raisins, plums are HUGE in this brew. the brown-sugary taste stays in the flavor and the aftertaste. Bready Belgian malts are a significant flavor in the taste. I might add, for a 10.5% abv it's hardly noticeable.

M: Seriously, here is where i'd say it tastes like wine. Spicy yet relaxing dark fruits and a light-to-medium carbonation makes this beer a great sipper. Up-front taste and aftertaste are both great tastes

D: I hate to repeat myself, but it drinks like wine. If i ever cannot decide on beer or wine for an evening, i'll go straight to this guy's place on the shelf.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria (feels weird to have to specify the city now!) Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head. Some lace as it falls down my glass. Nose brings a touch of booze along with some light dark fruits and some dark candy sugar. The taste adds in a bit of darkened sugar or caramel...maybe some molasses. Good dark fruits with a bit of sweetness. Medium feel with good carbonation. This is a nice example of the style, and it seems like it would age quite well.

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Photo of cnally
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

La Terrible. I think that means 'terrible' in French, no?

Nice black body, but a little light peers through the edges to a reddish black/brown. Head retention=nil.

An amazing aroma of sweet dark malt, floral as hell, and picks up a good amount of those woodsy hops.

The flavor is deep and wicked, an initial burst of white grape and yeast. But just beyond that, you can really get the burnt malt. They must have went overboard with the dark malts in this mash. Finished surprisingly sweet, in spite of the nutty, mossy dark flavors.

Extreme mouthfeel. Untamed, blasting carbonation.

A sipper, for sure. Heady, tasty and mean...terrible for your sobriety.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, fruity malts, and some spice.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, spices, fruity malts, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A good strong ale. Not my favorite beer from Unibroue, but pretty good. Would have again.

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La Terrible from Unibroue
4.16 out of 5 based on 2,217 ratings.
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